Cielo Grande Quarterly Meeting
May 29th,9am – noon
(click HERE or see connection below)
Maybe you knew, or maybe you didn’t: Quakers organize ourselves into Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Meetings, They are named for how often they meet for business and for conviviality. Each of these covers more territory and unites more Friends. FMSA is part of Cielo Grande Quarterly, which also includes Austin, Dallas, Coastal Bend, Hill Country, and Rio Grande.
This year, our Quarter is responsible for planning the SCYM Program.
We are gathering:
- To share ideas about the theme of the next South Central Yearly Meeting (in April 2022)
- To be present together and overcome our separation
- To see where Love will take us
The Quaker May Fair is Happening!!
Saturday May 22nd at the Meetinghouse
This year, the Quaker May Fair will be a neighborhood yard sale in the parking lot. Meeting will feature books and baked goods [donated, not home baked this year].
We will follow CDC guidelines re masks, distancing and sanitizers. F/friends please wear FMSA tee-shirts & name tags, bring shopping bags, invite family, friends, and neighbors.
The timetable is:
• 7:30: set up tables & tents;
• 8:00: Friends & neighbors set up;
• 9:00-1:00: sell, then take everything down.
And tell Gretchen how you would like to be involved [email@example.com]. There’s plenty of work to go around in this community building event, the postponed 6th Annual Quaker Fair,
Silent Retreat at the
Quaker Meeting House
May 8, 2021
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Rain or Shine
Simone Weil, a spiritual philosopher, mystic, and radical seeker of truth in the 20th century wrote: “Waiting patiently in hope and expectation is the foundation of the Spiritual life.”
For Weil, waiting patiently in humility was the mystical way to the heart of God. Indeed, waiting in silence upon God is primary to the Quaker Faith. Still, waiting in silence together takes practice until it becomes a joyous sharing.
You are invited to a more intense experience of silence: a Silent Retreat at the Meetinghouse on Saturday May 8th, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
- 9:30-10:30 – We will begin with twenty minutes of silence, then as we feel led, we will worship share on what strengths or weaknesses we discovered within during the pandemic. What practices/disciplines, spiritual or otherwise, assisted your journey? What nourishes you in troubled times? Close with silence.
- 10:30-12:00 – We will share extended individual Silent Worship to be taken anywhere on the grounds, i.e., in the meeting room, the common area, the library, under the arbor, on a bench, or beside a tree.
- 12:00-1:15 – Silent Lunch and Active Silence (READ DEFINITION HERE)
- 1:15-2:45 – We will share extended individual Silent Worship to be taken anywhere on the grounds. (See above 10:30-12:00)
- 2:45-3:30+ – We will end with an opportunity to worship share about what rose up from our experience. What shifts in awareness or other movements within came out of a day of silence? Close with silence.
You may come for the full time, or the morning (9:30-noon),
or the afternoon (noon-3:30)
Kindly RSVP for what suits you best to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Masks Required, Distance Respected.
- Participants may spend the entire retreat outside if they wish.
- Please bring your own sack lunch (and chair if you care to).
- Unfortunately we cannot provide child care.
To identify the issues and concerns that we must address before we hold Meetings for Worship inside our Meetinghouse
11:30am-1:00pm on April 18th (after Meeting for Worship)
The COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and it is not yet safe to hold our Meetings for Worship and other activities indoors. We can, however, now foresee the pandemic’s end. Still, we have several decisions to make before we resume indoor Meetings for Worship, forums, and so on. These include at least the following:
- What modifications, if any, do we need to make to our air circulation system to improve airflow and prevent infections?
- What seating adjustments to we need to make to maintain safe distancing?
- Do we want to place any limits on how many people may attend indoor meetings?
- What should we require of people (masks?, vaccinations?, ????) before they attend?
- How will we include Friends who are unable to attend in person, either for reasons of health or of distance?
- If we use technology, who will make sure it runs effectively?
- When and how can we resume offering childcare and our children’s program?
We expect that other questions will arise. This threshing meeting is designed to identify the issues and see if/where we have potential differences. It is not designed to solve these differences, nor is it designed to come to firm decisions.
About Threshing Meetings/Sessions
From the Website of Madison, Wisconsin, Friends Meeting
A threshing session provides an opportunity, guided by the Spirit, to ask questions, as well as to state a position or express a point of view regarding [a major issue facing the Meeting]. It is an opportunity to explore all our options deeply and thoughtfully. It is a process through which Friends are invited to speak plainly and truthfully about their questions and concerns. Our gathered community will strive together to respond to the questions and concerns with love and thoughtful discourse stemming from the quiet of the Light to bring us round to a clearer understanding of our options. No decisions will be made at the threshing session(s). The threshing session(s) will help prepare us for decision-making when the Meeting is ready for that phase.
Conducting threshing sessions does not preclude cycling back to answer new questions. Moving to the threshing phase is a continuation of the process of knowledge development. It is one more step in a process through which we are guided by the Light and our love for each other to greater understanding and the right outcomes for our Meeting.
A threshing meeting or session is usually moderated or facilitated by an experienced Friend, who is asked in advance to take on this role. The facilitator/moderator is responsible for making sure that everyone present has a chance to speak and air their views. Care should be taken to ensure that Friends of differing opinions can and do attend the threshing meeting or session. Friends with specific knowledge about the subject under discussion should be asked to present factual or complex material and be available to answer questions. Someone should also be asked to take notes at the meeting for future reference.
Friends Hatchback Party
Thursday, April 8th 6-7:30pm
Our 2021 South Central Yearly Meeting is fast upon us! We will again meet virtually this year,
with all sessions being held via Zoom.
The schedule includes the usual activities of worship, business meetings, worship sharing, workshops, keynote speech and Fireside Chat, panel discussion, Peace & Justice forum, and yes, even a virtual variety show!
Our 2021 keynote speaker is Eileen Flanagan, a Quaker author, speaker, and online teacher, whose lessons on spiritually-grounded non-violent activism have reached thousands.
Eileen will be giving a Workshop and participating in a Fireside Chat as well as giving the Keynote Address.
Find more information about Eileen and her work at eileenflanagan.com. Read about her Quaker work in the Yearly Meeting News
Special Dream Week Event
The Legacy of Martin Luther King in Troubled Times: Building a Network of Light
A Conversation with Pamela Boyce Simms
Friday, January 22, 6-7:30 CST; 7-8:30 EST
“The Great problem facing modern man is that the means by which we live
have outdistanced the spiritual ends for which we live.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Ms. Boyce Simms, a Quaker thought leader and activist, will challenge the participants to apply the principles of nonviolent action to the situation we find after the inauguration of President Biden. Dr. King called for a broad coalition to address the problems of his time. We are called now to rebuild trust and respect in a divided country through coalitions. We will explore our options together.
Pamela Boyce Simms holds degrees from Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service, L’Université de Dakar, in Sénégal, West Africa, and is certified as a Leadership Coach and Neurolinguistics Master Practitioner. She is also an Editorial Consultant and Contributing Author at Kosmos Magazine, the Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Editorial Collective, and Resilience.org, a project of The Post Carbon Institute.
September 30th, 7pm
“Immigration & the Election:
How Results Will Affect Our Communities”
- Trinity University Professor David Spener
- Migrant Center Executive Director Sara Ramey
- A special guest immigrant from Guatemala.
|Have questions about the candidates’ immigration platforms? Want to know how COVID-19 is affecting immigrants? Are you curious about the Administration’s most recent immigration policy changes? Join us on Zoom September 30 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm to learn how the results of the 2020 elections will affect both documented and undocumented immigrants, as well as U.S. citizens across the nation.|
|This conversation will look at the main issues of the day and what Trump and Biden plan to do to address them.|
|This is a non-partisan discussion where all viewpoints are welcome. Due to the politically charged nature of the elections we ask that all participants make an extra effort to be respectful and patient with others during our discussion|
South Central Yearly Meeting
FALL SCYM SESSIONS — SEPTEMBER 24-27, 2020
Join us online as we continue to explore the theme:
Loving in the Light:
Quaker Response in Times of Crisis
All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.
Links will be available to those who register.
|Thursday, September 24, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
|Saturday, September 26, 2020
Sunday, September 27, 2020
National Day of Mourning
Northside Friends Meeting in Chicago IL has called for a day of mourning on May 25, 2020 to acknowledge the grief and loss caused by the pandemic thus far.
They also invite us to join them in the visible action at sundown wherever you are, of stepping outside and lighting a candle and holding a moment of silence for what we have lost together.
Friends are encouraged to join Friends and others around the world in this simple action.
Click HERE to read Northside Friends’ Call
Yearly Meeting Event Online
Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 10am and 7pm
Loving in the Light:
Quaker Response in Times of Crisis
Quaker challenges in 2020 –
Same old evil: radical new Life
Minga Claggett-Borne, Keynote Speaker
Two opportunities to listen and interact online.
10am and again at 7pm over Zoom,
The Zoom link will available on the
at https://scym.org/2020-online-event closer to the event.
Details at https://scym.org/2020-online-event
Pub Theology with the Quakers
February 5th, 2020
Pub Theology is a group devoted to interreligious dialogue and discussions on current affairs. Hosted each week by Pastor Gavin Rogers (Travis Park United Methodist Church — in the white & stripe jacket above) and Bekah McNeel (Christianity Today), it meets every Wednesday from 7-9 at the Friendly Spot Ice House from 7 – 9pm.
On February 5th, Gavin invited members of Friends Meeting to come talk about our tradition, our practices, and our ways of being in the world. Seventeen of us came for a 2-hour discussion with about 40 others from various religious and non-religious traditions. It was a great discussion.